MT. VERNON — Kimberly Oelze of Nashville, the first woman to hold the post of President of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association and who recently completed a two year term as president, sees great promise for the future of the industry in Illinois.
“I learned this trade as part of the family business,” Oelze said. Oelze is a second generation oil producer and secretary treasurer of Oelze Production Company of Nashville.
Oelze turned over the reins of the association to Todd Shulman of Vandalia. The IOGA, located in Mt. Vernon, represents more than 300 companies.
During the IOGA annual meeting, various awards were given. Pretroleum Professional of the Year was presented to Joan Crockett of Champaign; Petroleum Woman of the Year to Lynda Middle Calf of Olney; Service Person of the Year to Mkiek Kuykendall of Olney; Lifetime Achievement Award to Craig R. Hedin of Mt. Vernon; and Wildcatter of the Year to Belken Oil of Oblong.
Those elected to the IOGA executive committee were Shulman as president; Bryan Dicus of Evansville, Ind., as first vice president; Dean Hollensbe of Mt. Vernon as second vice president; Bryan Hood of Salem as third vice president; Don Jones of Lawrenceville as treasurer; Steve Lampley of Benton as secretary; J. Nelson Wood of Mt. Vernon as committee at large along with Oelze; and Hedin as general counsel.